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Deadline Approaching to Retire Voluntary Purchases New Hampshire, New Jersey

July 2010 - Most RGGI states have established a process to set aside emission allowances for voluntary purchases of renewable energy. Programs such as EPA's Green Power Partnership require that voluntary renewable energy certificate (REC) purchases in a RGGI state, if eligible, must result in the retirement of an equivalent amount of allowances in their state.

Requirements differ by state, and two states, New Hampshire and New Jersey, require claims to be filed by July 30th. New Jersey's "Voluntary Renewable Energy Purchase CO2 Allowance Retirement Request Form" can be accessed online.

New Hampshire submissions can be sent in narrative form to Joseph T. Fontaine, NH Department of Environmental Services. The requirements are listed under section 4606.08(b) of New Hampshire's Carbon Dioxide Budget Trading Program regulations. (PDF 311 KB) Download Adobe Reader

Other states have different rules on how and when to submit retirement requests. EPA has developed guidance (PDF 235 KB) Download Adobe Reader regarding states' rules and submission deadlines. Maine does not have a specific deadline, but has requested that eligible purchasers (or their providers) submit documentation as soon as possible.

Additional Information - RGGI states' rules and submission deadlines (PDF 235 KB) Download Adobe Reader

New Jersey - Steve Jenks, New Jersey Department of Environment, 609-292-1923
New Hampshire - Joseph T. Fontaine, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, 603-271-6794
Maine - Eric Kennedy, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, 207-287-5412

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